North End Deli closes in Groton

Groton — Southeastern Connecticut residents this week mourned the sudden closure of North End Deli, a beloved spot in the Groton Shoppers Mart on Poquonnock Road for nearly 30 years.

A sign taped in the door this week reads, "We are sad to announce that as of today we are closing the doors to the North End, but want to thank you all for 30 years of fun, memories, & patronage."

The owner, Maurice Beebe, could not be reached for comment on Thursday or Friday.

Beebe and his sister, Vivian, opened the business in 1989. It started off as a "basic deli selling meat and grinders," Beebe told The Day in September.

The eatery grew to at least 100 seats and expanded to serving sweet and savory breakfast items, burgers, mac 'n' cheese, cake and more.

North End Deli became a staple at local festivals like Sailfest, Taste of Mystic, Mystic Eats and the Garlic Festival at Olde Mistick Village.

e.moser@theday.com

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